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Let’s Eat: Try something new


Looking for some new flavors? Here are some fruits and vegetables that will give kids – and parents – a tasty adventure.

Meyer lemons

Meyer lemons may look very similar to a regular lemon, but their peel is usually softer and not as bumpy, and the fruit itself is often smaller than a traditional lemon. Meyer lemons are juicier and less acidic than a traditional lemon and are wonderful if you are inclined to make lemon curd. 

Did you know lemon curd only has 3 ingredients? Lemon juice, sugar and egg! To reduce the sugar (and carbohydrates), I often make it with a sucralose/Splenda and sugar blend.

English cucumbers 

English cucumbers are also known as a hothouse, seedless or "burpless" cucumber.

Do you find that the seeds of traditional cucumbers give you indigestion? An English cucumber may be the answer. English cucumbers have small or no seeds, are long and narrow, and their skin is usually thinner and less bitter than a traditional cucumber. I don't peel them for salads. The taste of English cucumbers is also more mild than traditional cucumbers. I like to make salad with thin slices of English cucumbers, sliced radishes and cilantro tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. 

Arugula 

Known as "rocket" in Europe, arugula has a peppery taste that is perfect when eaten fresh in salads or in sandwiches. Technically arugula isn't a leafy green but a member of the brassica family – related to the mustard plant. (lettuceinfo.org/products/arugula). My favorite salad is just arugula dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. 

Talk to Leah: Leah McGrath is the corporate dietitian for Ingles Markets. Follow her @inglesdietitian. Contact her at Lmcgrath@ingles-markets.com, 800-334-4936 or at ingles-markets.com/ask_leah.